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Thomas Deckker Architect: Standard House Types, Brasília
Standard House Types, Brasília
Thomas Deckker Architect: 3 Tower House Projects
3 Tower House Projects
Thomas Deckker Architect: Project for a Penthouse, London
Some Nice Ideas for a Penthouse
Thomas Deckker Architect: Project for Private Houses and a Tenement, Dundee
Some Nice Ideas for Dundee
Thomas Deckker Architect: Offices for a Brazilian Company, London
Offices for a Brazilian Company
Thomas Deckker Architect: Duval Renovation, Brasília
Duval Apartment Renovation
Brasília, Brazil
Thomas Deckker Architect: landscape urbanism, Abu Dhabi
Some Nice Ideas for Abu Dhabi
Thomas Deckker Architect: 2 Development Studies, London
2 Development Studies
Thomas Deckker: Magalhães House
Magalhães House
QL18, Brasília, Brazil
1997 - 2001
Thomas Deckker: Moore House Project
Moore House Project
Algarve, Portugal
superquadra model
Superquadra Penthouse Project
Brasília, Brazil
1993 - 2001
Thomas Deckker: Clínica de Câncer, Brasília
Clínica de Câncer, Brasília
SHLS, Brasília, Brazil
Thomas Deckker: Magalhães Project
Magalhães Project
QI26, Brasília, Brazil
Thomas Deckker: Thompson House
Thompson House Project
Cambridge, England
Thomas Deckker: Camara Municipal Competition Entry 1989
3 Competition Entries for Brazil
Thomas Deckker Architect: 'Brasília' Table
'Brasília' Table
Thomas Deckker: Soares Apartment Renovation
Soares Apartment Renovation
Brasília, Brazil
Thomas Deckker: Moore House
Moore House
Gerrards Cross, England
Thomas Deckker Architect: Small Tower House

Thomas Deckker Architect: Plans of Craig Castle, Aberdeenshire
redrawn from Canmore DP 231142

3 Tower House Projects
I thought it might be interesting to explore the spatial arrangement of a tower house in designs to be built now. Tower houses have a particular plan form, of large rooms surrounded by small rooms and with very deep window alcoves which almost constitute rooms in themselves. They have rigorous discipline in the plan which juxtaposes circulation spaces and rooms in a satisfying way. The discipline of the plan accentuates the sensuous experience of the space: light, shadow, depth, movement, volume, enclosure. In fact, without discipline there can be no sensuality.

The projects evolved at 3 sizes: a large tower house with 3 staircases, a small tower house with 1 staircase, and a tower house with ladders and 1 room on each floor.
Thomas Deckker Architect: Tower House in a Forest

Tower House in a Forest

Thomas Deckker Architect: Small Tower House

Small Tower House

Thomas Deckker Architect: Small Tower House

Tower House with 3 Staircases

Thomas Deckker Architect: Elcho Tower House Study
Elcho Castle
photograph © Thomas Deckker 2012
For further investigations on tower houses by Thomas Deckker see:

  • the photographic study of Elcho

  • the spatial study Dibbetts to Daleks by students from Thomas Deckker and Charles Rattray's MArch Unit at the University of Dundee

  • proposed summer school at the University of Dundee

  • the history of the garden at Edzell